NationalVolume 13 Issue # 10

Challenges for Pakistan in 2018

There are many mighty challenges like terrorism, extremism, corruption, political instability, poverty, malnutrition, illiteracy and pollution which need to be tackled for making Pakistan a stable, progressive, moderate and democratic country. There are also many external forces like India’s RAW, the Afghan NDS, Israel’s MOSSAD and America’s CIA which are trying their level best to destabilise Pakistan. These evil forces are hatching many conspiracies to halt the CPEC project and capture, or neutralize, the atomic weapons programme of Pakistan. The most tragic thing is that there are many traitors who are supporting these evil external forces. Even, our political leaders like Mehmood Achakzai, Altaf Hussain, Asif Ali Zardari and Nawaz Sharif are speaking openly against Pakistan, its army, its judiciary and its nuclear programme.  According to news reports, Asif Ali Zardari, former President of Pakistan, had even offered to hand over nuclear weapons to the US against 100 billion dollars’ aid in 2008. A famous TV anchor Shahid Masood has disclosed in his programme that a very popular political leader has recently offered the same deal to America just to protect his rule and power in Pakistan. In fact, there are many religious and political leaders who are following the instructions and plans of the external forces in Pakistan. There are many insiders, political and religious parties and leaders, who are educating, protecting and helping the militants, agents and spies of enemies, like the Indian agent Kulbhushan Jadhav, to wage a terror war against Pakistan. They are the real enemies of Pakistan who should be dealt with an iron hand to protect the state.
The PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif is not accepting the verdict of the apex court in the Panama case and severely criticising the judiciary and the army. He has also announced to start a movement against the apex court’s verdict.
Speaking to media representatives on the premises of the accountability court, Sharif said: “The court’s double standards and this blatant murder of justice will not be tolerated, not by the PML-N and neither by this nation.”  “We will remain steadfast in the face of this verdict and take the matter to the people,” Sharif said, once again threatening to start a movement against the SC’s verdict. “This scale of justice outside the court should stand for insaf, not for Tehreek-i-Insaf,” Sharif remarked sarcastically as he concluded his tirade.
To get the support from the America and other Western countries, Nawaz Sharif and the PML-N government have even tried to change the Khatm-i-Nabuwat declaration in the electoral law. Many analysts are of the view that Nawaz Sharif and his PML-N government , in fact, wanted to ignite violence in the country by instigating such a sensitive move . The PML-N government and its Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, who is now wanted and an absconder in many corruption cases, have also brought Pakistan’s economy to the brink of collapse. Ishaq Dar is labelled as “the economic hitman” who wants to destabilise Pakistan. In fact, the PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif wants to bring about a civil war in the country just to protect his corruption, rule and power. If Nawaz Sharif succeeds and violence erupts, then the US special forces will invade Pakistan and capture its nuclear weapons.
Jeffrey Goldberg and Marc Ambinder have already disclosed the US plan in their story titled The Pentagon’s Secret Plans to Secure Pakistan’s Nuclear Arsenal. In this story, they have unearthed that by “hiding its nuclear weapons from Washington, Pakistan has made them much more vulnerable to jihadists. In response, the Pentagon has devised secret plans to secure the Pakistani arsenal — by force if necessary”.
Due to internal traitors and anti-Pakistan forces, despite sacrificing more than 60,000 civilians, 6,000 security personnel and spending 120 billion dollars in the war against terror, Pakistan has not yet won that war. A report, Body Count: Casualty Figures after 10 Years of the ‘War on Terror’ was released by the Nobel Prize-winning International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, along with Physicians for Social Responsibility and Physicians for Global Survival; it said at least 80,000 Pakistanis, including 45 journalists, 5,498 Pakistani security forces, have been killed in the US-led war on terror.
No doubt, the Pakistan army has broken down the power and annihilated the sanctuaries of the militants in the tribal and Northern areas during the Zarb-e-Azb and Raadul Fisaad operations. But, the militants have not yet been fully defeated. They are still attacking across the country at will.
Just one day after the country observed the third anniversary of the Army Public School attack in Peshawar, terrorists attacked at the Bethel Memorial Methodist Church in Quetta, killing around nine people and injuring 40 others, including women and children. The attack took place during Sunday services. According to news reports, “two suicide bombers had tried to enter the church but law-enforcement officials posted outside were able to kill the attackers. However, one of them managed to detonate his suicide vest.
“Saving a dreadful attack from happening when some 400 Christians were offering their Sunday prayers at the Church, security officials neutralized the attackers at the entrance”, said IG Balochistan Moazzam Jah. Had the bomber managed to get inside, massive casualties would have resulted. Army Chief General Qamar Bajwa praised the effective and prompt response undertaken by the security forces. “Quetta church attack targeting our brotherly Christian Pakistanis is an attempt to cloud Christmas celebrations / create religious cleavages. Effective response by LEAs is commendable. We stay united and steadfast to respond against such heinous attempts”.
No doubt, the quick response from the security forces have saved Quetta from an APS-like tragedy. But, it is also a fact that terrorists are attacking Quetta repeatedly. The DIG Hamid Shakeel Sabir was killed in a suicide attack in November, while a car bomb killed eight policemen in October. Before that, around 72 lawyers lost their lives in a terror attack in Quetta. All these attacks call for drastic action against terrorists.
Everybody knows that the minority communities and their places of worship are a primary target for militant groups. Last year, terrorists attacked Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park in Lahore and killed many Christians when they were celebrating Easter. Then, just a few days ahead of Christmas Day, the Christian community has been targeted yet again in Quetta. The government and the security agencies should also learn lessons from their failure. They should launch an inquiry into the Quetta Church attack to determine if there were any intelligence or security lapses. Justice Qazi Faez Isa has already written a comprehensive report laying bare the failures of our counterterrorism strategies. The government should also pay heed to this report and work on its suggestions.
The government has not implemented the National Action Plan fully. It should implement the NAP fully without any further delay. Through military operations alone, we cannot win the war against terror. Pakistan needs to defeat the extremist mindset that has flourished in the country due to poverty, a class-based education system, injustice, social and economic inequality. The media, electronic and print, should unmask all the corrupt, unpatriotic and anti-state leaders, who are working on the agenda of external powers. All the corrupt and unpatriotic leaders should be arrested and punished. Only strong and independent institutions can save Pakistan.  There is no other way!